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Wild Arms XF

 

 

SCORE: 82

 

Wild Arms XF 

 

My favorite video game genre of all time is the turn based strategy role playing game. Shining Force is the king of that genre in my book, and I do not think highly of Final Fantasy Tactics. Wild Arms XF (CrossFire) is in the style of my favorite genre, and it is set in the Wild Arms universe. This Playstation Portable (PSP) video game is on the difficult side. A lot of grinding (leveling up by playing the same levels) is required in order to get by certain parts. XSeed Games did assist the player by giving them good tactics to follow on quite a few of the maps. My biggest problem with Wild Arms XF is there is one way to beat many of the levels. The thing I have always enjoyed about the turn based strategy role playing games (SRPG) is the creativity I can express in order to complete a mission.

The graphics in Wild Arms XF are very nice. The cut scenes are cinematic, and made me feel like I was watching a DVD. There are plenty of colors used in this war torn land. There is violence as characters are shooting, hacking, and slashing each other in order to defeat one another. There are also some female characters dressed in a risque manner.

I really enjoyed the voice acting in Wild Arms XF. Which is no surprise because XSeed Games has a history of high quality in the musical quality. The down side is there is some language issues with Wild Arms XF. Certain characters use bad language that you would not want a ten year old repeating. Some of it is audio, and some is in written form.

Wild Arms XF is very deep in how many levels there are, hours of play, and classes for characters to level up. The depth of the strategy players can explore in the classes is exceptional. If you can handle some of the previously mentioned issues, and like SRPG video games then Wild Arms XF is worth the price of admission.

Before playing Wild Arms XF I wondered how the hex system would work in a SRPG. I was pleasantly surprised with the result. It takes six characters to totally surround one, and the formation arts (having two characters in a direct line on either side of an enemy) adds to the strategy. I had fun playing Wild Arms XF, even though it is a very unforgiving video game.

The ESRB listed about everything but the kitchen sink on the warning label for Wild Arms XF. Those things are present, with fantasy violence being the most used. There are good lessons about saving the oppressed, and standing up against evil. The methods the characters use are not always the best though. The whole family seeking revenge was a little over the top for me. Wild Arms XF targets the SRPG quite well in my book.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 78%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 89%
Gameplay: 87%
Family Friendly Factor: 76%
System: Playstation Portable
Publisher: XSeed Games
Rating: 'E10+' for Everyone 10+
{Alcohol Reference, Tobacco Reference, Fantasy Violence, Language, Suggestive Themes}

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